Thursday, December 6, 2012

Walking With Bilbo: A devotional adventure through The Hobbit by Sarah Arthur

I'm sure you've seen the previews and heard the hype about the new movie, The Hobbit, based on the book of the same name by JRR Tolkien. I know it's been a big topic in my household.  When I saw that I had the chance to review Walking with Bilbo: A devotional adventure through The Hobbit, I jumped at it.  

I grew up in a home where The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit and The Similrilian were well-loved.  My dad loved these books... I liked them.  Every year for Christmas my dad gets a JRR Tolkien calendar for Christmas.  EVERY. YEAR.  :)  Now, my 16 yr old daughter is absorbed in them... and has been for many years.  She was definitely a fan before the more recent movies with Orlando Bloom were put out.  So, she is really the reason I wanted to get this devotional -- I wanted to know if it was a good book for her.  

From the Back Cover:

Faith is an ongoing adventure, not simply a one-time choice. "The Road goes ever on and on," as Biblo regularly reminded Frodo.  Once we hear the knock on the door and step onto the Road, there's no turning back. Life will never be the same again.

Are you ready for the adventure?

In Walking with Bilbo, Sara Arthur explores the parallels between our daily Christian lives and the adventure that Gandalf invited Bilbo to take.  Each chapter begins with a quote from The Hobbit, a relate-able story that is relevant to today and the parallel between that and Bilbo's journey, a Bible verse that relates, questions to help the reader in "going further" and a list of Scriptures that correlate to the topic of the chapter (i.e. "The Word on Accepting the Job, The Word on Being Chosen, The Word on Being Wise in God's Eyes).

I read through the first two or three chapters, just to see how they were and I really enjoyed the ability to correlate The Hobbit and Bilbo's Journey to The Bible and our Christian journey.  The chapters are laid out well and I love that there are questions at the end and Scriptures to dig deeper.  I think this is an excellent addition to the library of anyone (especially YOUTH) who enjoy Tolkien and The Hobbit.

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Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson

This third book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek is a wonderful continuation of the Sinclair Sisters' story. 

In The Bride Wore Blue, baby sister Vivian joins the older three sisters in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She struggles with the decision, but has no other option. As a budding fashion designer, she had hoped to join her father in Paris, but instead he sent her to her sisters. After several attempts to procure a respectable job in a respectable establishment, she is "forced" to attain a job as a hostess... at a brothel. She hides this from her sisters and their families, as well as, her landlady. She is ashamed, but feels she's right where she belongs because of her history and relationship with Gregory, the man she was to marry. 

I won't give away details, but after keeping secrets and telling lies ... she is caught up in more mayhem than she thought possible! Bank robbers, a dead madame, kidnapping and more! You'll definitely want to read this book, especially if you have read the other two in the series. If you haven't read the other two books, check them out as well!! 

About the author

MONA HODGSON writes western, historical fiction for WaterBrtook Press. She is the author of TWO BRIDES TOO MANY, TOO RICH FOR A BRIDE, THE BRIDE WORE BLUE, TWICE A BRIDE, and THE QUILTED HEART novellas (early 2013 releases). Her writing credits also include nearly thirty children’s books, contributions to eleven books for adults, and hundreds of short stories, articles, and poems in newspapers and magazines. One of Mona’s favorite things to do (besides writing or eating dark chocolate) is to speak at women's retreats and schools, and for women’s groups, librarians, and at writers’ conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob. Check out to learn more. You can also follow Mona on her blog and